Transfer your business licence to someone else
Taking over an existing business? Your new business must be the same type of business as the existing business. For example, an existing restaurant's business licence can only be transferred to a new restaurant.
Business licences can only be transferred once per calendar year.
Home-based business licences are not transferable.
When you complete the steps, we transfer the business licence:
- Immediately if you come in person
- In 2 to 3 weeks if you email or mail them in March to October
- In 6 to 8 weeks if you email or mail them in November to February
Step 1: Fill out a transfer form
The transfer form must be completed by both the existing business owners and new business owners.
Step 2: Send your form
Email, mail, or bring in person your completed form and documents to the Development and Building Services Centre (see the contact on this page).
Your changes will be processed – as long as you meet the requirements.
If you come in person, you can pay for the fee. Otherwise, we'll send you an invoice.
Is your representative coming in person on your behalf?
They need to bring:
- Their own current, government-issued photo ID
- A letter of authorization from the business owner
- Letter of authorization template (50 KB)
Step 3: Get zoning, building, and licence approvals
Your new business may need zoning, building, and licence approvals.
Do the zoning regulations for address allow your business to operate? To find out, contact the Development and Building Services Centre (see the contact on this page).
Does the building meet our building regulations? We will review the property records and may require you to get a special inspection or building permit.
Licence approvals from other agencies
Does your new business need approvals to operate from Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority? We will assist you through this approval process.
Step 4: Pay the fee
The fee is $136.00.
You can pay by mail or in person.
Pay by cheque or money order issued to the City of Vancouver. Send your payment to the mailing address on this page.
Pay by credit card, debit card, cheque, money order, or cash. Make cheques and money orders payable to the City of Vancouver. Bring your payment to the office location on this page.
Expect long line-ups at our office from November to February during our busy times.